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Trial run . . . Checking out Santa’s new sleigh for comfort and safety are (from left) Les Smith,  Donna Devlin, Heather McIntosh (front) and Anton Roswell. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN
Trial run . . . Checking out Santa’s new sleigh for comfort and safety are (from left) Les Smith, Donna Devlin, Heather McIntosh (front) and Anton Roswell. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

Santa to travel in style

CHRIS.TOBIN
@oamarumail.co.nz

Santa and his helpers will travel in style in Waitaki’s Santa Parade tomorrow.
A newly-commissioned sleigh has been built to allow the jovial gentleman a comfy ride down Oamaru’s main street.
‘‘The old sleigh was getting a bit old,’’ parade organiser Anton Roswell said.
‘‘This one is much bigger.’’
Mr Roswell, retired builder Bruce Cawley, Blackhawk Saddlery and Resene combined to create the new sleigh.
Last year’s parade drew a crowd of 10,600 which, Mr Roswell said, for a district with a population of 26,000, was impressive.
He expected a similar turnout this year.
‘‘It’s the biggest show in town and there are more floats than last year.
I’ve had to put some big things off until next year; we’ve got an overflow.’’
Besides the big lineup of floats, Mr Roswell said there would be a classic fighter plane, a Yak3 from 1944, roaring overhead, down the main street at an estimated speed of 660kmh, flyovers by helicopters and the North Otago Aero Club, and two police cars at the front of the parade from the Highway Patrol television show.
A DeLorean car might also be taking part and children’s favourite Ronald McDonald will be back.
Trucks will also be a feature of the parade and Mr Boswell said their participation helped make the parade happen.
‘‘It’s a real community event,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve done this for 11 years — both in Christchurch and Oamaru; it’s my fourth one here. You get far more community support here than in Christchurch. You can do so many more things.’’
★ The Santa Parade begins opposite McDonald’s in Thames St at 10am and then moves into the central part of town, ending at the intersection of Itchen and Humber
Sts. A small concert featuring local singers will start in the Farmers’ car park at 11am.